Welcome to the International Student Services Office (ISSO)
Extensions and new dates
While Home Affairs offices are operational across the country, some services have been suspended to reduce the number of physical visits.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has subsequently published a national gazette (http://www.dha.gov.za), detailing what services will be available under the extended level 2 lockdown and going forward in respect of applications for travel documents for people who plan to
travel abroad, visa services in terms of the Immigration Act and online renewal of refugee status and asylum seeker permits/visas.
Motsoaledi has also extended the validity period of legally issued visas that expired during the lockdown period. These would have expired on 30 September 2021, but will now remain valid until 31 December 2021.
This applies to all visa and permit holders who applied for the previous waiver, and who have not left the country since the declaration of the state of disaster, and for holders of asylum seeker permits and refugee status which expired during the state of disaster.
He added that the following services will be rendered by the Department of Home Affairs from the following dates:
Permanent residence permit appeals applications with effect from 1 October 2021;
Proof of permanent residence permit applications with effect from 1 October 2021;
Permanent residence permit applications from 1 January 2022.
The International Student Services Office (ISSO)
Welcome to the UWC International Student Services Office (ISSO); a dedicated unit of Student Administration that exists to support international students at various stages in the process of their education at UWC.
We are excited that you have considered UWC as your development partner in the process of attaining your learning goals. We are privileged to host students from numerous nationalities in a variety of programmes.
International students include all persons whose nationality is from abroad (out of Africa), from the SADAC countries (within Africa), refugees, Section 24 Asylum Permit holders and any other person who is not in possession of a South African Identity Document.
International students have unique requirements associated with their study in South Africa and thus need specialised support. The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is a dedicated unit of Student Administration that exists to support international students at various stages in the process of their education at UWC. ISSO aligns with the Institutional aim to: Further global perspectives among its staff and students, thereby strengthening intellectual life and contributing to South Africa’s reintegration in the world community. (UWC Mission Statement, 1997)
UWC strives to be a place to grow from hope to action through knowledge and is committed to teaching, learning and research. It offers international students the opportunity to pursue their learning goals in a diverse and thriving academic community located in the iconic city of Cape Town.
ISSO aims to justify your confidence in the University of the Western Cape as the preferred development partner in the process of attaining your learning goals. This webpage contains important information for your application to study at the UWC.